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College basketball point spread favors Blue Raiders in battle with Green Wave

Tulane Green WaveMiddle Tennessee Blue Raiders
13-11February 13, 2014, 08:00 | Murphy Center17-7

Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Murphy Center Thursday as host Middle Tennessee looks to handle the Tulane Green Wave in NCAA hoops action.

The Blue Raiders sport a record of 17-7 and 9-11 ATS heading into this battle, while the Green Wave have 13-11 and 10-8 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 9-10 for the Blue Raiders and 4-14 for the Green Wave.

View Tulane Green Wave vs Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Blue Raiders as -14-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 57-ranked Blue Raiders and the No. 269-rated Green Wave in this matchup.

Tulane was a 68-65 winner in their most recent outing at home against Marshall. They covered the 2-point spread as favorites. The Green Wave grabbed a 68-65 win over the Thundering Herd on Sunday, behind a 17-point effort from Jonathan Stark at Devlin Fieldhouse.

Middle Tennessee won its last outing, a 70-68 result against Florida International on February 8. They failed to cover in that game as a 6.5-point favorite. Neiko Hunter scored 25 points for Middle Tennessee on Saturday, leading the Blue Raiders to a 70-68 win over Florida International at U.S. Century Bank Arena.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Green Wave is ranked No. 198 in NCAA hoops at 33.58 per game. Contrast that with Middle Tennessee’s No. 48 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Middle Tennessee is the No. 219-ranked team in the country at 4.92 per game, while Tulane rates No. 156 at 5.79 per game.

A few Green Wave at Blue Raiders trends to consider:
Tulane is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Tulane is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Tulane's last 8 games
Tulane is 3-10 SU in its last 13 games on the road
Middle Tennessee is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Middle Tennessee is 21-4 SU in its last 25 games at home

Next up:
Tulane at UAB, Saturday, February 15th
Middle Tennessee at Southern Miss, Saturday, February 15th